Thursday, April 15, 2021

Is It the End Times? How Do We Know?

It can be frightening to hear a pastor or preacher talk about the end times. Some avoid churches just to attend another who will make them feel good. And that's okay. But at what point do you really want to hear the truth? And what is "truth?" It can be subjective. When I was 'still on the milk' -- a baby Christian if you will, I wanted to hear all of those 'feel good' messages, say for example, Joel Osteen. "Yes! You're gonna get that raise you prayed about---oh, and that bad report from the doctor is going to change! God is gonna give you so much money, you'll be able to pay off your house and buy your neighbor's as well!" 

Listen, I love to hear a feel good message as much as anyone, but this is just "gather 'em up and give 'em goosebumps" kinda preaching. It's technically called, "lukewarm sermons." They get you in the church pumped up to win the lottery, but what are you really desiring? Shouldn't that be more than what the world can offer? Remember, we are not of this world. Worldly things come and go, but eternal life is well....forever and ever. And I don't want to take any risks. 

When I started digging into the Bible looking for answers, I started reading about what the Bible predicted. This was about a few years before the pandemic. Even back then, I was reading Psalm 91 aloud.  This passage is for protection from evil, as well as protection from the deadly pestilence, which is the pandemic as some interpret it to be. 

Whenever someone goes into Revelations (the predictions from Jesus Himself about the end times) -- people think only think one thing: 'conspiracy theorist nut job.' I did at one point too. I couldn't believe people were predicting the end times, because no one knows the day nor hour---and that is written and true. But you can pinpoint events that had taken place as well as present and what's to come. Many people are waking up to the fact that the Bible...is starting to look factual. My faith knows it's factual, but to some, it's just a "fairytale book." 

I felt like I kept getting pushed in a certain direction. I went through a lot of grief, transition, heartbreak, and as we all experienced, a pandemic. Everything in my life unfolded for a reason. I quit a lot of bad habits, including drinking. The message I kept receiving from God was in the Bible. 

“Be sober and alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” —1 Peter 5:8

Most people wouldn't take this literally, because it actually just means to be on alert. But for me, drinking was an escape, a way to not deal with what I was feeling and it prevented me from fulfilling the depth of my spiritual life. I became numb to any of the messages God was giving me. 

The word “Alcohol” comes from the Arabic “al-kuhl” which means “BODY EATING SPIRIT”, and gives root origins to the English term for “ghoul”. In Middle Eastern folklore, a “ghoul” is an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either as stolen corpses or as children. The words “alembic” and “alcohol”, both metaphors for aqua vitae or “life water” and “spirit”, often refer to a distilled liquid that came from magical explorations in Middle Eastern alchemy. In the words of writer and health enthusiast, Jason Christoff – “In alchemy, alcohol is used to extract the soul essence of an entity. Hence its’ use in extracting essences for essential oils, and the sterilization of medical instruments. By consuming alcohol into the body, it in effect extracts the very essence of the soul, allowing the body to be more susceptible to neighboring entities most of which are of low frequencies (why do you think we call certain alcoholic beverages “SPIRITS?”). That is why people who consume excessive amounts of alcohol often black out, not remembering what happened. This happens when the good soul (we were sent here with) leaves because the living conditions are too polluted and too traumatic to tolerate. The good soul jettisons the body, staying connected to a tether, and a dark entity takes the body for a joy ride around the block, often in a hedonistic and self-serving illogical rampage. Our bodies are cars for spirits. If one leaves, another can take the car for a ride. Essentially when someone goes dark after drinking alcohol or polluting themselves in many other ways, their body often becomes possessed by another entity.”----read more here.

When alcohol puts you in a low frequency, you're making the connection to you and God staticky. So to get closer to God, I eliminated things that would make it more difficult to communicate with Him. This goes for other sins in my life that I had to free myself from. I never felt so free in my life. 

With all that's going on right now, the pandemic, the push for the vaccines and all of the division among many people, we are seeing a horrible "new normal" we've never seen before in our lifetime. I will just say this... When you are in tune with God, your spirit will know. It won't doubt the message. It won't let anyone sway your mind or let you believe differently. You know when people tell you, "go with your gut?" Well, go with your gut, but most importantly, go with what your spirit tells you to. The small voice that lets you know what is true and what is false. Things are not what they appear. So the things that say they are true are false, in most non-biblical aspects. Families are divided, friends are divided, and now, the world seems to be divided and it's all coming to a head. 

This is all happening right now and those who are serious about their faith and afterlife need to read this: 

Matthew 10:21-42

Brothers and sisters will betray one another and have each other put to death. Parents will betray their own children, and children will turn against their parents and have them killed. Everyone will hate you because of me. But if you remain faithful until the end, you will be saved. 

When people mistreat you in one town, hurry to another one. I promise you that before you have gone to all the towns of Israel, the Son of Man will come. Disciples are not better than their teacher, and slaves are not better than their master. It is enough for disciples to be like their teacher and for slaves to be like their master. 

If people call the head of the family Satan, what will they say about the rest of the family? 

The One To Fear 

Don’t be afraid of anyone! Everything that is hidden will be found out, and every secret will be known.  Whatever I say to you in the dark, you must tell in the light. And you must announce from the housetops whatever I have whispered to you. Don’t be afraid of people. They can kill you, but they cannot harm your soul. Instead, you should fear God who can destroy both your body and your soul in hell. Aren’t two sparrows sold for only a penny? But your Father knows when any one of them falls to the ground. Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don’t be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows.

(Don't be afraid to speak the truth, even if people are attacking you for speaking up.) 

Telling Others about Christ 

If you tell others that you belong to me, I will tell my Father in heaven that you are my followers. But if you reject me, I will tell my Father in heaven that you don’t belong to me. 

Not Peace, But Trouble 

Don’t think that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came to bring trouble, not peace. I came to turn sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law. Your worst enemies will be in your own family. 

(Loving your family more than God is considered idolatry.) 

If you love your father or mother or even your sons and daughters more than me, you are not fit to be my disciples. And unless you are willing to take up your cross and come with me, you are not fit to be my disciples. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it. 

Rewards 

Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me. Anyone who welcomes a prophet, just because that person is a prophet, will be given the same reward as a prophet. Anyone who welcomes a good person, just because that person is good, will be given the same reward as a good person. And anyone who gives one of my most humble followers a cup of cool water, just because that person is my follower, will surely be rewarded.

And with some of the not so "feel good" messages the Bible can bring---it can actually be frightening for some. But don't be scared. 

Especially with all that's going on, please do your own research if you're a believer. Many will be deceived during these times. And oddly enough, as the Bible predicted, many things are coming into the light and secrets are being revealed. 

In my own research (as well as many others regarding the vaccinations... 

“And who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.” —Mark 5:26 

 “He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given the mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast (Luciferin) or the number representing his name. (Patent # & ml of dosage: 6.66ml.) Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.” —Rev 13:16-18

These are times of testing, times of faith and checking your internal inventory. Is it in you to live as the Bible says, or will you live as the world tells you to live? You have to pick one. I'm hoping this message falls on those who have been questioning this. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."---Proverbs 3:5-6

My only takeaway on this is to pray for discernment and understanding. Each time you pick up your Bible, pray for understanding---true understanding of the message and watch God work miracles in your life, as well as reveal the truth of it all. And be ready for it. Be prepared. God bless you.

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